Adelaide is a new city in an old land. Founded as a British colony in 1836, and now the capital of South Australia. Today, its rich mix of diverse cultures lives together in a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Not only is Adelaide full of green parks but it has 30km of beaches stretching along its suburbs. The city is famous for its al fresco eating culture and is the centre of the Australian wine industry, with some of the best food and drink in the world.
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”The Alice” lies romantically centre stage in the heart of Australia and is considered the unofficial capital of the Outback. Once regarded as a “dead heart” during colonial times thanks to surrounding barren landscapes, today both residents and visitors recognize the physical and spiritual importance of Australia’s Centre. It is a beating heart, alive with Aboriginal traditions and sacred sites, a vibrant local art culture, fascinating pioneering history and incredible landscapes. It is one of the most interesting places on the continent and most people agree that you haven’t seen the Outback until you’ve seen Alice.
The Ballina/Byron region is delightfully diverse. It ranges from the quiet family world of Ballina to the ex-hippy ’alternative’ capital of Australia – Byron Bay. Once Byron Bay was only a simple whaling station later discovered by surfers. In the sixties the hippie culture moved in and now the place is swarmed with tourists and celebrities wanting to experience the alternative town, which is now one of the hippest destinations on the East Coast. Despite the coastal town’s reputation of being laid back and alternative, it is anything but boring and visitors have the time of their lives in Ballina and Byron Bay! The Ballina region is mind-blowingly diverse, a quiet retirees’ world not far from the surfing Mecca of Lennox Heads, the funky hilltop village of Bangalow, and much, much more!
Seeking crisp mountain air, unspoilt panoramic views, or to test Mother Nature for the ultimate adventure? Make the Blue Mountains, with its unique majestic aura, the first port of call. Consisting of a sandstone plateau, steep escarpments and deep gorges with a misty blue haze hovering above, the Blue Mountains is one of four World Heritage Sites in regional New South Wales. That mist, which infuses an unmistakable fragrance, is in fact a fine oil cloud produced by the abundance of eucalyptus forests. This is a true Australian escape: adventure, stunning scenery, and myriad cultural diversions.
Brisbane is a lively, cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, beautiful riverside parks, a busy cultural calendar and a great nightlife. Its fantastic weather year-round has allowed outdoor activities to thrive and develop a vibrant café culture. The city is surrounded by some of the state’s major tourist attractions, and there is an abundant choice of daytrips whether it be to the coast for the golden beaches, or inland for some of Queensland’s serene bushland, there is something for everybody.
Broome is situated in north Western Australia, a two and a half hour flight from Perth. The surrounding region is full of colour, culture and captivating scenery. Fiery red ochre cliffs contrast with the unspoilt turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, dinosaur footprints tell secrets of ancient days and a multi-cultural population provide arts, performances and irresistible cuisine.
Subtropical Byron Bay is the hippest destination on the NSW North Coast. A place of outstanding natural beauty, set against lush volcanic hills, Cape Byron is the continent's easternmost point, basked in Australia's first rays of sunshine each day. Byron Bay’s original inhabitants, the Arakwal people, call it "Cavvanbah" - The Meeting Place. Today surfers, sea changers, new agers, artists, celebrities, backpackers, festival-goers and holidaymakers from all walks of life meet here, drawn by the vibrant energy of Byron Bay.
People have been flocking to Cairns in search of treasure since the first gold rush. However, today prospectors come to mine the abundance of natural and environmental treasures that surround the city. With the tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in close proximity, Cairns attracts a young and intrepid crowd that adds to the vibrancy of this lively and welcoming city.
Edged by mountain ranges, Canberra is a planned city built on a vast limestone. Canberra is Australia’s national capital – seat of the Federal parliament and home to many institutions and national monuments. Four distinct seasons add to its charm and visitors quickly discover that it really is Australia’s ‘hidden gem'. The surrounding countryside contains historic and picturesque rural villages and a burgeoning cool-climate wine industry.
Coffs Harbour is a major coastal resort town located approximately halfway between Sydney (the capital city of New South Wales) and Brisbane (the capital city of Queensland). Famous for its bananas, fishing and surf, "Coffs" - as the locals call it - is fringed on one side by beautiful long sandy beaches and the South Pacific Ocean, and on the other by lush green rainforests, world-heritage wilderness areas and fertile farming lands. Coffs Harbour is a much-loved holidaying destination for Australian and international visitors alike.
Darwin is a thriving and prosperous city with lively bars and a wide-ranging cosmopolitan cuisine. This is the gateway to top end outback adventures such as the world heritage Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park. Darwin is the most multicultural (75 nationalities) city in Australia with a large indigenous population (25 percent) and a diverse range of immigrants from Asia.
Though famous for its paradise-like Fraser Island and the visiting whales, the Fraser Coast offers plenty of other amazing places and adventures to explore. Prospect the former gold mining town of Gympie and check out the beautiful nature surrounding the Fraser Coast – both on land and in the water.
Australia’s Gold Coast is a fun and diverse city, offering action packed days and fun filled nights that are enjoyed by more than 10 million visitors each year. Families, couples, business delegates and solo travellers will all find an experience to suit their needs and budget, as the Gold Coast serves up more attractions and venues than any other destination in the southern hemisphere. Get into the Gold Coast’s easy living lifestyle with 70 kilometres of sun, sand and surf at your doorstep plus 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rainforest just a short drive away.
Perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef, among the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, wondrous coral reefs, unique flora and fauna, divine food and wines and an amazing calendar of special events. With its laid-back luxury and activities almost too numerous to mention, Hamilton is the great, Great Barrier Reef island.
The capital city of Tasmania is the perfect base from which to explore other diverse and fascinating parts of the state. These includes the Huon Valley and the South West Wilderness, Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur with its convict history and the lovely rural areas and historic towns along the Heritage Highway. Tasmania is well known for producing beautiful food and wine and has many great restaurants, breweries and wineries to tantalise your tastebuds.
From fine wine and gourmet food to beautiful accommodation and fabulous events, a Hunter Valley getaway offers a taste of the good life. Australia's most visited wine region is home to 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors. Whether you're being pampered in one of the valley's day spas, or teeing off from a championship golf course, you'll enjoy a warm country welcome.
Explore the stunning Jervis Bay area within the unspoilt region of the NSW South Coast. Discover white sands and clear waters fringed by national parks filled with native wildlife and unique Aboriginal heritage. Water activities include kayaking, boating, fishing, diving, stand up paddle boarding and surfing. On land, enjoy bushwalking and cycling, or go whale watching from a coastal lookout point. This beautiful region offers relaxation in spectacular settings where you can do as much or as little as you choose.
Experience a pleasant relaxed city nestling on the banks of the River Tamar where the North and South Esk Rivers converge. Launceston is often called the ‘garden city’ for its extensive parkland and flourishing gardens. It contains many historic buildings, a vivid reminder of the city’s heritage. This is the ideal base for exploring the rich and varied countryside surrounding the city.
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage-listed paradise where at any time you'll be one of only 400 visitors. A holiday on this exquisite subtropical island is relaxing and unhurried; getting around by bike or on foot is the way to go and there are plenty of activities to discover. Explore its pristine beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and rainforest areas to discover a world of immense natural beauty.
Situated halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, Mackay is surrounded by lush rainforests, pristine white sandy beaches and the fertile Pioneer Valley. It is home to one of Australia’s richest sugar cane growing regions. Out to sea, The Great Barrier Reef’s colourful coral, fish and secluded islands provide a tropical playground for everyone. Excellent restaurants, beautiful parks and a vibrant art scene ensure there is something in Mackay for every taste and budget.
Melbourne is an arty powerhouse with a vibrant and multicultural soul. Nicknamed "Paris of the southern hemisphere," Melbourne is not only known to be Australia’s cultural hot-spot, but is also famous for its major sport events and its culinary delights from all across the world. With its high rising city centre and far stretching suburbs, it is hard not to be dragged in by the life of the capital of Victoria—"the place to be"—but daytrips to the wild nature of the state are also extremely attractive.
Newcastle is the hub of the Hunter Valley wine region located right at the mouth of the Hunter River, and surrounding the city are beautiful views and spectacular nature. Here you will find stunning beaches for all kinds of activities, a rich heritage of Victorian architecture and plenty of live music events for all tastes.
Standing on the edge of the Indian Ocean, the Swan River running through its heart, surrounded by jaw dropping scenery and with a warm sunny climate, Perth is a chic modern city that strips away your inhibitions and gets you dancing to the relaxed rhythms of its beat.
Port Macquarie is beautiful blend of Australia old and new. Combining a rich and colorful history dating back to the convict era, it offers a vibrant choice of activities to the backdrop of some of Australia’s most lush and stunning scenery. Sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the Hastings River in the North Mid Coast, this is a town defined as much by the diverse choice of things to do as by the beautiful landscapes and beaches that make it famous. Offering a range of attractions and lively events, it’s impossible not to find a unique experience of coastal Australia at every turn. From local culinary delights and award winning wines to visiting koala centers and cruise adventures, visitors and residents recognize Port Macquarie as the picture perfect gem of New South Wales. This is a pocket-sized taste of Australia with hospitality and surprises for everyone.
With 26 white sandy beaches and a pristine harbour, the Port Stephens region is a bluewater paradise. Daily dolphin watch cruises, a thriving whale season, and eco-diverse Marine and National Parks make this a dream destination for nature lovers. Just three hours' drive north of Sydney, Port Stephens has a lovely climate all year round. The region is home to several charming coastal towns framed by bushland, wetlands and volcanic peaks. Dining on fresh seafood and local wines on the harbour is de riguer.
With six bull statues representing the main breeds of the area, there is no doubting to the status of Rockhampton as Australia’s Beef Capital. Naturally Rockhampton offers more than beef. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the city is surrounded by coastal and rural landscapes. With its historical architecture and opportunities for both a relaxed, as well as active stay, Rockhampton is a great place to visit.
The Snowy Mountains region is home to Australia's five highest peaks, of which Mount Kosciuszko is the highest. Clear mountain streams and glacial lakes provide a year-round scenic backdrop for the outdoor adventurer. Enjoy the snow fields in winter with skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, tobogganing, and snow play on offer. When spring melts the snow into cascading waters, the streams shelter trout attracting many fly fishermen to the region. Explore the beautiful mountainside with a wide range of outdoor activities including horse riding, bushwalking, caving, hiking, kayaking, rafting, and cycling.
The Sunshine Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most beautiful regions with amazing beaches, stunning sunlight, picturesque hinterland and plenty of breathtaking views. The Sunshine Coast offers a wonderful and immense mix of culture, cuisine, nature and outdoor activities that are all ready to be explored.
When most people think "Sydney", they picture the white sails of the Sydney Opera House and coathanger frame of the Harbour Bridge. But beneath this glittering surface Sydney has many layers, like the golden striped sandstone from which it is built. There is so much to explore and experience in this thriving city of over 4.5 million people, it's hard to believe Sydney was a tiny British penal colony less than 230 years ago. It's now a cosmopolitan metropolis with a friendly, casual attitude that keeps visitors coming back "down under" for more!
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville is a very popular destination for sun seekers and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is situated in the dry tropics region and is a gateway to the Outback, wet tropics rainforest, wetlands teeming with bird life and a number of tropical islands. With The Strand, a 2.5 km beachfront, it is an exciting and vibrant city.
Sun, sea and sand all add together to make the Whitsunday Coast the ideal place to relax and chill out. Enjoy a great atmosphere and nightlife in a spectacular setting. A beach lover’s paradise where everything is on hand to make your stay in this area one you won’t forget. Close to the Great Barrier Reef and just 16 miles from the Whitsunday Islands there is plenty to see so why not just hang out and enjoy? Backpackers and families alike will enjoy the many attractions such as Airlie Beach lagoon and the amazing croc safaris up the Proserpine River.
Located 80 km south of Sydney, Wollongong occupies a narrow coastal strip bordered by the Royal National Park to the north, Lake Illawarra to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the east, and the Illawarra escarpment to the west. The third biggest city in New South Wales shelters beautiful natural scenery that can be admired from magnificent lookout points or enjoyed while experiencing many adrenaline-filled adventure activities. Relax on scenic beaches, dine in local restaurants and beachside cafes, and explore the region’s golf courses and galleries.